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Red Sox sign Rusney Castillo to record seven-year deal
by Chris Towers |

The Red Sox deal with Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo will be for seven years and a record $72.5 million, reports Friday.

Castillo's contract begins in 2014, though it is not yet clear whether he is expected to appear in the majors this season. The deal is heavily backloaded, according to the report, with very little money paid out for the truncated 2014 season. 

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Paco Rodriguez expected back after roster expansion
by Chris Towers |

Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez, on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle, has been limited to less than max effort throwing so far as he continues to recover. According to the Orange County Register, he is not expected to return to the majors before Sept. 1 roster expansion. 

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Chris Perez does not expect to be 100 percent
by Chris Towers |

Though he expects to be in the majors when rosters expand Sept. 1, Dodgers reliever Chris Perez admitted to the Orange County Register Friday his ankle is still not 100-percent healthy.

"It's serviceable," Perez said. "I feel good. I'm still trying to build up the strength in it."

Perez has a 5.03 ERA in the majors this season, and is trying to work his way back from bone spurs in his ankle. He does not expect to undergo surgery to remove them, so he will have to manage the pain. He is currently on a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he will make one more appearance next Friday. 

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Report: Red Sox near record-setting deal with Cuban free agent
by Chris Towers |

The Red Sox are set to sign free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo to a record contract, reports Friday.

According to the report, the Red Sox have nearly reached an agreement with the Cuban free agent on a six-year deal worth $72 million. That deal would top the $68 million contract Jose Abreu signed last year. 

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Logan Watkins starting Friday
by Chris Towers |

Cubs infielder Logan Watkins is in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles, one day after being called up from Triple-A. This will be his first start of the season and just sixth in his career. 

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Adam Eaton could return shortly after beginning assignment
by Chris Towers |

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte this weekend, and could be back in the majors soon after, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Eaton, who has been out two weeks with a strained right oblique, could be back from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, when the team opens a series against the Indians. 

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Brian Schlitter begins rookie-level rehab
by Chris Towers |

Cubs pitcher Brian Schlitter began his rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for the Arizona League Cubs Thursday, as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. Schlitter has been out since Aug. 10 due to inflammation in his shoulder, and it is not clear when he is expected back. 

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Blake Parker shuttled back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers |

Cubs pitcher Blake Parker was sent right back down to Triple-A Iowa following the conclusion of the team's doubleheader, for which he served as the 26th man.

Parker appeared in Thursday's game, allowing two hits and striking out two batters over one scoreless inning of relief. It lowered his season ERA to 6.08 in 13 1/3 innings. 

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Clayton Kershaw goes eight strong for win No. 15
by Igor Mello |

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a no-hitter going against the Padres until the sixth inning. The ace surrendered his first hit to opposing starter Tyson Ross.

Kershaw went eight innings strong for the win at home on Thursday, improving to 15-3 on the year. The southpaw permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 in a 2-1 victory. Of his 103 pitches, 69 were strikes. He improved to 15-3 on the year, matching Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major-league lead in victories. 

Over his last three starts covering 25 innings, Kershaw has allowed five earned runs. He has gone eight-plus innings in seven of his last nine starts. He owns a 1.82 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 21 starts (153 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Arizona.

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Kenley Jansen slams door shut on Padres
by Igor Mello |

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out two and worked past a walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night at home against the Padres. Jansen has converted 36 of 40 save chances, with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

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